English pupils at Rydal Penrhos got the chance to learn from Britain’s best poets at a recent event.
The Year 10, 11 and 13 English Literature pupils attended the annual Poetry Live event in Bridgewater Hall, Manchester on Monday, March 6.
During the event the group got to sit in on a special talk given by Simon Armitage, who is a professor of poetry at the University of Oxford and widely regarded as one of the most talented poets of his generation.
A number of other high-profile industry leaders also spoke and answered questions at the event included Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke, Grace Nichols, John Agard and Daljit Nagra.
They also took part in examiner sessions, where experienced professionals dealt with two key elements that will stand the pupils in good stead when they sit their exams later this year.
The first session looked at how pupils might deal with unseen poems in the exam, both how to think about them and how to write for the best possible results.
The second session focussed on comparing poems, whether they are studied poems or unseen, and how to write most effectively in either situation.
Head of English and Drama Leah Crimes stated that the trip was an “invaluable experience” for the group.